I’ve been told by the experts that’s right,
I’ve never been completely satisfied with that reassurance.
The universe of words and names that begin with “A” just seems a bit broad for that kind of conclusion, without some other supporting evidence – at least, that’s what I’ve always felt. Maybe the experts had seen that supporting evidence and had not shared it with me, but on the other hand they could simply be confident that no contrary evidence would surface to challenge the notion.
Recently I ran across this pair of sterling silver pencils - one at the DC show, and the other in an online auction:
Yeah, I could shine them up . . . but I kind of like the patina. Both the knurling at the nose and the tops on these are just too similar to write off as coincidence:
In fact, the only real difference between the two is that one example has a green glass “jewel” set in the top instead of a plain metal cap:
Well, that and one other detail, which is the reason I’m writing about them today:
Both are marked “Sterling.A,” but the jeweled example also has Aikin Lambert’s “ALCo” hallmark. And then, as if to add an explanation point to the end of the argument, this cedar pencil holder came my way in the “Mother Lode” hoard from Philadelphia in January: